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Perfect ChemistryPerfect Chemistry  by Simone Elkeles
YA ELKELES, S.
Perfect Chemistry, was such a good book. It had twists and turns but it was also a book
with romance and people believing in themselves. I loved that about it. I would recommend it to girls and guys ages 14 and up so that they can relate to it.

Review submitted by Lily.

OneThe One by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
I read the book, The One, and I loved the book. It was the third book from The Selection series and the last one. I finally found out who Prince Maxon chose as his wife! I liked it because it was romantic and it had lots of cute moments. I would recommend this to teens and young adults.

Review submitted by Khwaish.

BlackDuckBlack Duck  by Janet Taylor Lisle
YA LISLE, J.
The book is about David Peterson on a mystery to find out who shot the man on the shore and killed him. I like this book because it’s a good mystery book. I would recommend it to those who like mystery books too.

Review submitted by Kasper.

 

FreedomWalkersFreedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
YA 323.1196 FRE
I read a book called Freedom Walkers. It is a non-fiction book and it is about the Bus Boycott. It was interesting to find out about what happened to African Americans before I was born. I would recommend it to anyone trying to find out more about what happened during the Bus Boycott.

Review submitted by Danielle.

markofathenaThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Mark of Athena is a great book. It is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. I would recommend it to people who are looking for an adventure, mysteries, and myths to come to life.

Review submitted by Antonios.

 

lightLight by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
The last book is the end game for the children in the Fayz. The whole series is just great for the people who like supernatural and dystopias.

Review submitted by Elizabeth.

 

Roll of ThunderRoll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
YA TAYLOR, M.
I just finished the book Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry. This book was a challenging book to read but overall taught me a lot. The language in this book was very southern and took place around the 1930’s. I would recommend this book to 7th – 9th graders looking for a challenge.

Review submitted by Paige.

 

RebelRebel by Amy Tintera
YA SF TINTERA, A.
Rebel by Amy Tintera is the sequel to Reboot. The human kids when they die, come back to life and the longer they’re dead the more powerful they become. Wren and Callum take Reboots to a camp but the leader is crazy so they leave with other reboots. They go and rescue reboots out of HARC (the people who control the reboots) and get rid of HARC officials.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

LostHeroThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is mainly about these three friends who didn’t know that they were demigods (half human, half god) and trying to survive from monster attacks. I liked this book because there are a lot of adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series because this series goes after that series.

Review submitted by Leslie.

 

MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Mockingjay is another great book by Suzanne Collins and reminds me of what it takes to win a battle nevertheless a war. It reminds me of what the patriots had to do for America.

Review submitted by James.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 22, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

Scorch TrialsThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

BiggieBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

smallstepsNFSmall Steps: The Year I got Polio by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

fault in our starsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.

New Teen Reads Perfect for the Beach!

StitchingSnowStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

YA NEW SF LEWIS, R.

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.

DeadToMeDead to Me by Mary McCoy

YA NEW MY MCCOY, M.

In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

ElenaVanishingElana Vanishing: a memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

NEW YA 362.1968 DUN

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

RockinTheBoatRockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries by Jeff Fleischer

YA NEW YA 920.02 FLE

We love to root for the underdog, and that’s part of why we’re drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

GirlDefectiveGirl Defective by Simmone Howell

YA NEW HOWELL, S.

Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

redqueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

YA NEW AVEYARD, V.

In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard –a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

NoParkingNo Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

UtopiaIowaUtopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

YA NEW YANSKY, B.

For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He’s got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He’s coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He’s debating where to go to college next year – or whether to go at all. But then there’s his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in The Sixth Sense. Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths — all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn’t believe in gifts or curses and can’t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack’s future, or is that only the stuff of movies?

DaughterDeepSilenceDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

YA NEW RYAN, C.

At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

GothamAcademyGotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher ; art by Karl Kerschl

YA GRAPH CLOONAN, B.

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

NimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson

YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

 

FatBoyvCheerleadersFat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

AuRevoirFat kidStupid Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read-a-Likes

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

YA HALL, M.

SecretSocietyBookBloodShdadowchangeling

Read-a-Likes

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

YA GREGORY, P.

 

 

SoundLettingGoThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

YA KEHOE, S.

LivvieOwenThis song will save your lifeDJ Rising

Read-a-Likes

Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley

YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia

YA MAIA, L.

 

OutNowhereOut of Nowhere by Maria Padian

YA PADIAN, M.

NowTimeRunningGoodBraiderKick

Read-a-Likes

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

YA YEE, L.

CurveballPersonalEffectsAfterEli

Read-a-Likes

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Code NameCallMeByNameSummerofKings

Read-a-Likes

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley

YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan

YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee

YA SF LEE, F.

Blood Red RoadWhyIFightSoulbound

Read-a-Likes

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks

YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

NightIDisappearedMeMyselfIkeKingPygmies

Read-a-Likes

The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver

YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman

YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles

YA MY GILES, L.

Wish you were deadMorgue and MePicturePerfect

Read-a-Likes

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin

YA ALPHIN, E.

 

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

ThroneGlassOrphanQueenFalsePrince

Read-a-Likes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

 

GameLoveDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

 

OtherSideDarkRiverBetweenUsRuined

Read-a-Likes

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

YA SMITH, S.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck

YA PECK, R.

Ruined by Paula Morris

YA MORRIS, P.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley

YA BUCKLEY, M.

 

ViciousDeepTempestRisingTeam Human

Read-a-Likes

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova

YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

RotRuinenclaveEveryOtherDay

Read-a-Likes

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

InsigniaFor the Winz

Read-a-Likes

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben

YA MY COBEN, H.

BodyWoodsWhereverNinaLiesRealityCheck

Read-a-Likes

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci

YA BALDACCI, D.

SabrielRecklessHalfWorld

Read-a-Likes

Sabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto

YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick

YA BICK, I.

SecretHourGatheringDarkDaughterSmokeBone

Read-a-Likes

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

YA TAYLOR, L.

 

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

clockwork scarabgreatterriblebeautygirlsteelcorset

Read-a-Likes

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

YA WESTERFELD, S.

FangirlOtherNormalsSerendiptyMarket

Read-a-Likes

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh

YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

ThisDarkEndeavorOriginDrFranklin

Read-a-Likes

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury

YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam

YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker

YA WHITAKER, A.

SomebodyEverybodyOpenRoadSummerRockStarSuperstar

Read-a-Likes

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee

YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson

YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain

YA KAIN, J.

13 Reasons WhyPleaseIgnoreSummerLettingGo

Read-a-Likes

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

YA POLISNER, G.

 

StoryofOwenThe Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

YA JOHNSTON, E.

SlayersLastDragonslayerFirstKill

Read-a-Likes

Slayers by C.J. Hill

YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson

YA WILSON, R.

saywhatyouwillUnlikelyHeroWaitingForYou

Read-a-Likes

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White

YA WHITE, K.

EvernightLegacyDeadBeautiful

Read-a-Likes

Evernight by Claudia Gray

YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran

YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

YA WOON, Y.

 

IllGiveYouSunI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy

YA JANDY, A.

WillGraysonNoParkingBeatleMeets

Read-a-Likes

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams

YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

YA SF ZHANG, K.

HostStartersSoulprint

Read-a-Likes

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price

YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell

YA ISBELL, T.

AshesPulse5th Wave

Read-a-Likes

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman

YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

 

The Roaring 20’s in Teen Lit

Do you ever get focused on a certain period of time and want to read books only set during that time period?  Well, here’s a spotlight on teen novels set in the 1920’s, also known as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties.  It was a time when Flappers were popular, silent  films were being replaced by Talkies, jazz music was all the rage, the Harlem Renaissance inspired many writers and artists, and the Prohibition Law had a huge impact on American society.

DivinersThe Diviner’s by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

WitnessWitness by Karen Hesse 

YA HESSE, K.

A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920’s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

VixenVixen by Jillian Larkin

YA LARKIN, J.

In 1923 Chicago, seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania cousin, Clara, hides similar tastes and her best friend, Lorraine, makes plans of her own.

BlackDuckBlack Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

YA LISLE, J.

Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend’s family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.

Frozen1Frozen by Mary Casanova

YA CASANOVA, M.

Unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother’s mysterious death eleven years earlier, sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920’s northern Minnesota, struggles to regain her voice, memory, and identity.

BrightYoungTHingsBright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

YA GODBERSEN, A.

In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.

SilhouetteSparrowSilhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

YA GRIFFIN, M.

During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.

ReluctantHeiressThe Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

YA IBBOTSON, E.

In 1920’s Austria, no one in the Viennese opera company knows that their wardrobe mistress Tessa is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life–and love–than just music.

HowItHappenedHow It Happened in Peach Hill by Marthe Jocelyn

YA JOCELYN, M.

When fifteen-year-old Annie Grey and her “clairvoyant” mother arrive in Peach Hill, New York, in 1924, each finds a reason for wanting to finally settle down, but to reach their goals they will have to do some serious lying and Annie will have to stand up for herself.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 13, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

If you are big into baseball, check out some of these teen novels where baseball plays an important part in the story:

CatchThe Catch by Rick Jasper

YA JASPER, R.

When Danny makes a catch that ends up on SportsCenter’s Top Plays, he is approached by a sports-gear executive with an offer too tempting to pass up.

 

PitcherThe Pitcher by William Hazelgrove

YA HAZELGROVE, W.

The pitcher, is a classic story of baseball, the price of dreams, and the lessons of life. A mythic baseball story about a broken down World Series Pitcher is mourning over the death of his wife and an under-priveledged Mexican-American boy who lives across the street and wants to learn to pitch. This is a mainstream contemporary novel about dreams lost and found.

 

BigFieldThe Big Field by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.

 

BiggieBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan

YA SULLIVAN, D.

Henry “Biggie” Abbott has hidden behind his weight for years, and although he is the son and stepson of two of Finch, Minnesota’s most famous athletes, he prefers academic success until the girl of his dreams suggests he join the baseball team, and, with his stepbrother’s help, he discovers he is a great pitcher.

 

ProspectThe Prospect by Jason Glaser

YA GLASER, J.

Nick Cosimo is a star pitcher on his high school team and always puts his team first, but when a scout appears in the stands he has to decide if he is going to change his game to make an impression on the scout.

 

BatboyThe Batboy by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop–once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.

 

highheatHigh Heat by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

When sophomore Shane Hunter’s father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher’s life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.

 

samuraishortstopSamurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz

YA GRATZ, A.

While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.

 

ShakespeareBatsShakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ronald Koertge

YA KOERTGE, R.

When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

 

center fieldCenter Field by Robert Lipsyte

YA LIPSYTE, R.

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

 

UnderBaseballMoonUnder the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter

YA RITTER, J.

Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

 

Mexican White BoyMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

 

7Days7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman

YA TRUEMAN, T.

Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 6, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Young Adult Fiction Universe: Great Site to find a Good Read!

yafu-logoVisit Young Adult Fiction Universe, a review site created by Chicago area teen – Anastasia. There are over sixty detailed reviews on the site with more added each month. The site focuses on lesser known titles and includes books from different genres. Another cool feature is the “star” rating system given to each book. Check out Anastasia’s site and come away with great  reading ideas!

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 16, 2015 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week– The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Click here to find The Madman’s Daughter in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 10, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Consumed by Basketball?

Are you enjoying March Madness? Want to find a novel that centers on basketball? Check out our list below!

TrueLegendTrue Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

 

SwaggerSwagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

PickUpGameThe Pick-Up Game: a full day of full court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

 

ThrowingStonesThrowing Stones by Kristi Collier

YA COLLIER, K.

In 1923, in Pierre, Indiana, fourteen-year-old Andy realizes a dream when he makes the high school basketball team, but when an accident keeps him from playing, he ventures into journalism and begins to understand the meaning of sportsmanship.

 

BoxOutBox Out by John Coy

YA COY, J.

High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

DoubleExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

 

BoostBoost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

 

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Seventeen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

EdenvilleOwlsEdenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

 

 

BallDontLieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

 

 

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

 

 

FinalFourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

 

LearningtheGameLearning the Game by Kevin Waltman

YA WALTMAN, K.

When he and his high-school basketball teammates steal from a fraternity house in their small Indiana town, Nate contends with his guilt, his loyalty to his friends, and his desire to help his older brother who comes under suspicion for the crime.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 23, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Teen Novels Set in Chicago

CarnivalAtBrayThe Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

esspressologistThe Espressologist by Kristina Springer

YA SPRINGER, K.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

comebackseasonThe Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

YA SMITH, J.

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day, and their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill and she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.

rock and the riverThe Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

YA MAGOON, K.

It’s 1968, and Chicago teen Sam is torn. He’s always looked up to his father, a civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence. His older brother Stick, however, has left home to join the revolutionary Black Panther Party. At first Sam is skeptical of the Panthers’ militant approach to ending racial injustice, but after one of his friends is brutally beaten by the police, Sam starts to question his father’s nonviolent beliefs.

virtuosityVirtuosity by Jessica Martinez

YA MARTINEZ, J.

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

CharlysEpicFiascosCharly’s Epic Fiascos by Kelli London

YA LONDON, K.

Sixteen-year-old aspiring actress Charly St. James, who works as a waitress to help support her dysfunctional mother and younger sister, leaves a Chicago suburb for New York to live with her aunt and audition for a reality television show.

art of secretsThe Art of Secrets by James Klise

YA KLISE, J.

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other’s motivations.

world awayA World Away by Nancy Grossman

YA GROSSMAN, N.

Sixteen-year-old Eliza, an Amish girl, goes to work for an “English” family as a nanny to two young children in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, and must then choose between two entirely different ways of life.

WillGraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
YA GREEN, J.

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

LoveLikeaDogLove Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

YA CALCAGNO, A.

Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

ColdFuryCold Fury by T. M. Goeglein

YA GOEGLEIN, T.

Sixteen-year-old Chicago preparatory school student Sara Jane Rispoli must unravel a web of complex mysteries after her family goes missing and she is pursued by unknown enemies.

SadStoriesSad Stories of the Death of Kings by Barry Gifford

YA GIFFORD, B.

Collects stories centering on a boy named Roy and the people he encounters growing up without a father in postwar Chicago.

angelinmypocketAn Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper

YA COOPER, I.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the mysterious and kind Gabby moves into her building and helps her face her major losses, and then the coin connects her with three classmates who all find new ways to believe in themselves.

PullPull by B. A. Binns

YA BINNS, B.

After his father kills his mother, seventeen-year-old David struggles to take care of his two sisters–and himself–while dealing with his grief, guilt, and trying to fit in at a tough new school while hiding his past.

StoreBoughtBabyStore-Bought Baby by Sandra Belton

YA BELTON, S.

The death of Leah’s beloved older brother, and her parents’ reactions to the tragedy, raise questions for Leah about the meaning of family and about her place in her own.

CatGirlsDayOffCat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

YA PAULEY, K.

High schooler Natalie Ng has always kept secret her talent for talking with cats, but when she learns– from a cat– that a celebrity has been replace by an imposter, she and her friends investigate, becoming movie extras to get the scoop.

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

YA STELLA, L.

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things “easier,” his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat’s newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud’s name.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 12, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Romance